Shorebirds have some of the longest known migrations of any animal group, making annual movements that link distant landscapes across the hemisphere. To meet their daily needs and survive their annual migrations, shorebirds rely on a mix of habitats ranging from arctic tundra, wetlands, beaches, and even agricultural lands. Wetlands and beaches are among the most highly threatened places throughout the world, and shorebirds depend upon them throughout the year. Largely due to habitat losses, the populations of many shorebird species have declined more sharply than any other group of birds. These trends are likely to accelerate as human populations increase and the effects of climate change escalate. But, we can help and so can you.
What we do:
The Habitats for Shorebirds Project staff works collaboratively with individual partners and partner organizations to help alleviate the impacts of long-term habitat loss on shorebird populations. We join with public and private land managers and owners to develop site-specific management protocols to benefit shorebirds and other wildlife. We work with stakeholders to ensure continued provision of habitat, and to improve the quality and availability of resources that support shorebirds in important regions throughout the Western Hemisphere.
How we work:
We use proven and innovative techniques to improve the quality and availability of habitat for shorebirds at the most important sites throughout North and South America. To contribute to the stabilization and subsequent recovery of depleted or declining shorebird populations across the Americas, the Habitats for Shorebirds Project team:
1) Engages and educates land managers, land owners, and biologists through regional workshops
2) Advises land management and provides technical assistance through site-specific consultations
3) Implements habitat enhancement projects and assesses the effectiveness of new land management
The conservation challenges facing shorebirds and other waterbird populations are so immense that no one organization can solve this problem alone. We work with public and private land managers including but not limited to state and federal wildlife areas and refuges, non-profits and land trusts, as well as private wetland owners and managers, farmers, and industry.
Interested in collaborating to host a Shorebird Conservation Workshop at your site? Ready to work with us to improve habitat for shorebirds?